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September 10, 2009 at 9:20 PM

Lower Puyallup River to close to sport fishing twice a week during this month

State Fish and Wildlife has decided to close the sport fishery for two days a week in the Lower Puyallup River over safety concerns about gear conflicts and other disputes between sport and tribal anglers, a news release indicated.

Sport salmon fishing will be closed from noon Sundays to noon Tuesdays on Sept. 13-15, Sept. 20-22 and Sept. 27-29 from the 11th Street Bridge in Tacoma to the City of Puyallup Outfall Structure across the river from the junction of Freeman Road and North Levee Road. This section of the river flows through the Puyallup Tribe’s reservation.

Sport fishing will remain open daily above the closed section. The lower section will reopen daily at noon on Sept. 29.

With a strong return of pink salmon this year, hundreds of recreational anglers are fishing the river, which is also open to tribal fishing two days a week, said Pat Pattillo, the state Fish and Wildlife salmon policy coordinator.

“Unfortunately, we’ve received reports about gear conflicts and other incidents between the two groups, raising public safety concerns,” Pattillo said. “To reduce the safety risk and ensure that the tribe and the state can conduct an orderly fishery, the department is closing this section of the river.”

Fisheries enforcement officers will patrol the river to ensure the sport fishery closure is being observed.

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